Details

Keywords Change this

Reconstruction, Wood, Metal, Shelter, Mobile Structures

Project timeline

1944 – 1944

Type

Experimental

Location Change this

Lorraine
France

Architect Change this

Gross floor area Change this

54m²

__

Article last edited by Bostjan on
June 14th, 2017

Demountable House Change this

Lorraine, France
by Jean Prouvé Change this
1 of 6

Description Change this

Involved in regeneration of the region both as a native of Nancy and as a builder of genius, Jean Prouvé won an order for emergency housing from the Ministry of Reconstruction and Town Planning.

First built in 1944 to rehouse war victims in Lorraine, these houses survived the postwar period in very limited numbers. Readily transported and dismantled, his “shacks” made entirely of wood and metal were a real architectural coup. The components were shipped directly to bomb-devastated villages, where they could be assembled on site in a day by two people, enabling the homeless to stay on. Unfortunately, the shortage of materials and funding together with official emphasis on the need for permanent housing meant that production of these transitional dwellings never passed beyond the limited series stage. Jean Prouvé was awarded the Ministry’s Gold Medal in 1947.

Sources

  • Patrick Seguin

Comments

Register to join to conversation.